Dramatic footage has emerged showing a Russian bomber jet crashing after overshooting a runway at a military base.
Pilots on the hulking aircraft had aborted takeoff but the giant Tupolev failed to stop and careered off the tarmac into trees
Video shows the long range TU-22M3 bomber speeding up before take off before releasing its brake parachute and going off the runway.
The crew halted the takeoff because of malfunctioning speed sensors, say high ranking sources.
The incident happened during the controversial Zapad 2017 war games on September 14, but the footage has only been released now.
The crew of four all escaped escaped from the bomber, and air force officials in Moscow claimed the plane will fly again after repairs to “serious damage”.
The video highlights the crashing noise as the TU-22M3 hits trees at the end of the runway at Kaluga region’s Shaikovka military base.
The aircraft was carry near maximum weight for the aborted takeoff.
A senior official said: “The cause of the accident was the failure of speed sensors during take-off, resulting in the crew deciding to abort.”
Reports say the Tupolev’s wings separated from the main body of the plane during the crash.
A Russian Defence Ministry spokesman said: “The crew did not get hurt.
“The aircraft will continue carrying out assigned tasks after completion of maintenance work.”
The plane went about 100 metres along the runway, wheeled past the end of it and only managed to stop next to a forest, after losing both its wings and chassis.
The embarrassing incident is being investigated by a specially created Air and Space Forces commission.
Last week President Vladimir Putin fired Russian Aerospace Forces Commander-In-Chief Col Gen Viktor Bondarev for reasons that were not fully clear.
Some sources linked his switch to become a senator to failures including an earlier Tupolev-154 crash last Christmas and another unexplained “catastrophe”.
All 92 passengers and crew, including 64 members of the Alexandrov Ensemble choir of the Russian Armed Forces, perished.
The plane was en route to Syria.
Currently the Russian Air and Space Forces 62 long range TU-22M3 bombers in service.
Its Nato reporting name is Backfire, and it is a supersonic, variable-sweep wing, long-range strategic and maritime strike bomber.
Yesterday other Tupolev Tu-95MS bombers fired Kh-101 cruise missiles on ISIL and Al-Nusra terrorist targets in Syria after flying from Engels military base in central Russia, said the ministry.
But another Tupolev Tu-154M made its final flight before being pensioned off as a museum piece in Slovakia.
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